'M' is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California. 'M' is for Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune four men with very different temperaments and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them angry, ...Read More'M' is for Malek Construction, the $40 million company that grew out of modest soil to become one of the big three in California. 'M' is for Malek family: four sons now nearing middle age who stand to inherit a fortune four men with very different temperaments and needs, linked only by blood and money. Eighteen years ago, one of them angry, troubled and in trouble went missing. 'M' is for Millhone, now hired to trace that missing black sheep brother. And, in brutal consequence, 'M' is for murder ...'Another treat from the alphabet queen' Daily Mail 'An unusually compelling series of novels with a notably convincing central character' GuardianRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-09-30 Approaching middle age warily, PI Kinsey Millhone of the Southern California coast is mildly depressed, romantically vulnerable and in the process of reassessing her family ties. Yet, when it comes to her professional abilities, she's at the top of her form, as this deftly plotted and absorbing novel (her 13th appearance, after L Is for Lawless) proves. Bader Malek, a local industrial tycoon, has died, and his four sons now stand to inherit a substantial fortune. But one of them, Guy, has been missing since 1968. A drug addict, ne'er-do-well and all-around miscreant, Guy had been disinherited by his exasperated father shortly before he vanished. But that particular will has disappeared, and Kinsey has been hired by the family to find out if Guy is still alive and thus in line to collect his original portion of the estate. She quickly succeeds in locating him and brings back a sweet, guileless and totally reformed man. But is he? The three other brothersæa truly devious, arrogant and greedy lotæare deeply ambivalent about Guy's return. A murder in the family leaves the surviving Malek kin as prime suspects. This is a subtle and swiftly moving novel, pleasantly unpredictable, with an agreeable overlay of smoldering romance, as fellow PI and former lover Robert Dietz reenters Kinsey's life. Grafton's heroineæmore introspective, yet still feisty and surefootedæleads this finely tuned and at times electrifying tale to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. 1,000,000 first printing. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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